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New details in notorious 1990 'killer clown' case show why prosecutors are so sure who was under the wig

By Marc Freeman, Sun Sentinel on

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — After South Florida's killer clown slipped away three decades ago, witnesses told investigators the culprit wearing white makeup and an orange wig looked like a man.

But finally it's been revealed that evidence found in the getaway car — a strand of burgundy head hair with the root attached — is why authorities in 2017 unmasked the clown as a woman: Sheila Keen Warren.

In court documents filed this month, Palm Beach County prosecutors gave new insights into how they intend to use DNA evidence and other findings to win a conviction in the 1990 murder of Marlene Warren.

It's long been known that the 40-year-old victim was shot at her front door in Wellington by a person wearing an orange wig, a red bulb nose, gloves and a painted on smile.

Witnesses saw the assailant with "man-like features" clutching two balloons and flowers in one hand and a pistol in the other.

But in their "new statement of the case," prosecutors explain why the 5-foot-8 Keen Warren, a thin woman with long hair, was unquestionably the clown.


While alleging she had "masculine features" back then, they describe how she became an original person of interest because of her rumored affair with Michael Warren, husband of the dead woman. They point out that the lovebirds eventually married in 2002.

But the hard proof involves claims that Keen Warren was:

— Involved with the theft of a white Chrysler LeBaron, the suspected getaway car, before the murder.

— Seen buying the clown get-up two days before the killing.


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